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Landscaper’s Note

Just a reminder for those of you who have moved into your new home over the winter:

When lawn installation ceases in October, a list of closings is compiled until planting commences again in mid-May.  Those lawns are then planted in order except when efficiency dictates that two or three, in a given neighborhood, get done at once.  Please be patient as Spring weather can be less than accommodating at times.

The seed will be applied with fertilizer, but future fertilization is critical for healthy growth. A new lawn should receive five applications of fertilizer per year for the first two years. (See landscaper’s recommendations received at orientation for timing.)  Remember to soak the lawn once a day and rake the straw back over bare spots if it gets blown by the wind.

You won’t need a green thumb… just follow the directions.  Happy Mowing!

Photo by Matthias Cooper from Pexels

Windsor Homes

Top 5 – Spring Check-up

As March begins like a lion and we look to vacation as a respite from the long cold winter, keep in mind that your home has weathered many a winter storm as well.  There are several things you should inspect to keep your home weather tight and comfy as we move into the wet Spring season…

1.Put a ladder up (a drone if you have one :)) and inspect your shingles, siding, and flashing.  High winds can damage these and you don’t want costly leaks.

2.Inspect the grade around your home to make sure water will shed away from the foundation.  Sometimes landscape projects can change the original grade set for your home.

3.Make sure your gutters are still secure and your spouting disperses the water well away from the foundation.

4.Window wells:  if applicable, make sure that no debris has collected in the bottom as this will plug the back-up drain and could create a really big problem in a heavy rain.

5.Check the caulk.  There are many areas, of your home’s exterior, that rely on sealants to help keep moisture from penetrating to unfinished or unprotected surfaces below.  The sun and changes in temperatures can cause drying and cracking of these sealants.

When the April rains begin, you’ll feel a lot more confident knowing you’re ready for the storm!

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Cold Weather Reminder

BRRRRR … RECORD LOW TEMPS ARE NOT SOMETHING YOU … OR YOUR HOME ENJOY.

YOU ARE LIKELY EXPERIENCING SOME STRANGE THINGS IN YOUR HOME LIKE FROST IN PLACES … ON THE INSIDE!

OR CONDENSATION ON A TILED FLOOR! THESE ARE DEFINITELY NOT NORMAL … ON A NORMAL DAY.

IT IS NORMAL TO PANIC A BIT … BUT GOOD NEWS …. IT WON’T LAST AND THERE IS A LOGICAL REASON FOR IT. HOMES IN THIS REGION OF THE COUNTRY ARE DESIGNED TO A TEMPERATURE BAND THAT COVERS THE LARGE MAJORITY OF THE WEATHER/TEMPS EXPERIENCED IN THIS REGION. THIS WOULD INCLUDE INSULATION LEVELS, WINDOWS, HEATING AND COOLING, ETC. OUR BUILDING CODES RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE GOING TO BE LIMITED TIMES THAT THE TEMPS MAY RISE ABOVE WHAT YOUR AC IS RATED FOR AND IT WILL STRUGGLE. ALSO, THERE WILL BE TIMES THAT THE TEMPS WILL DIP BELOW WHAT YOUR FURNACE OR WALL INSULATION IS DESIGNED FOR.

YOU MAY THINK, WHY NOT JUST DESIGN IT FOR 100% OF POTENTIAL OCCURRENCES? THINK CO$T. MOST PEOPLE DON’T INCREASE THE SIZE OF THEIR HOME FOR THE TWO TIMES A YEAR THAT THEY MAY HAVE TWENTY PEOPLE OVER FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU MAY HAVE AN ISSUE THAT GOES BEYOND THIS, PLEASE LET US KNOW AND IF YOU’RE NOT HEADED TO SOME PLACE WARM, BUNDLE UP AND BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

OLD MAN WINTER WILL BE GONE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!

Windsor Homes Construction

Building Codes

Building codes and building inspections insure that all homes are built to state and county codes. Windsor Homes not only meets these minimum code requirements but exceeds them in many areas. Our craftsman and finish people have been working with Windsor for many years and take pride in their work to give our home buyers the best quality for the money in northern Indiana. Please call one our representatives to set up a meeting to discuss your new Windsor Home.

Costs of Owning a Home in Fort Wayne

The cost of owning a house in Fort Wayne, IN is made up by many factors beyond the monthly mortgage payment. There are plenty of other costs that you will need to account for, including items such as homeowners insurance, property taxes, appliances, and more. Windsor Homes is here to help inform you of everything you need to know when you’re starting to build your dream home.

Home owner insurance is almost always required before a lender will give you a mortgage. The average premium for home owners nationwide was about $1130 in 2018. A few factors that lenders take into account when determining the cost of your insurance premium are environmental. For example, if you live in an area that gets hit by hurricanes or if you live in a flood plain, your premium will inherently be slightly higher.

Property taxes will be an unavoidable cost that you will have to budget for. These taxes are determined based on the value of your new home. Hence, the more expensive the home, the higher your property taxes will be.

Appliances and furniture are obvious additions to any new house. After all, you can’t call the house a home if it’s not an inviting and comfortable place to be! This cost will obviously vary depending on the size of home you are filling and the amount of furniture and appliances you already own.

We hope this helps to prepare you for all the costs that are associated with new home building. Windsor Homes can help you answer any questions that you may have.

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Where can I build a Windsor Home?

You’re looking to build a new home in Angola, Auburn, Kendallville, Waterloo, Decatur, Bluffton, Wabash, Warsaw, or Roanoke in Indiana… or Antwerp and Hicksville in Ohio. You’ve located the right place! Our general rule is that we will build within 40 miles of our home office on Westfield Drive in Fort Wayne.  We use only local subcontractors whom we’ve been working with for years.
We here at Windsor Homes have years of experience constructing homes to be proud of.  We make certain to pay attention to all details throughout the entire construction process from the base to the shingles. Your home is where you are going to be spending a lot of time and building years worth of memories. Our task is to make sure that your final home is a literal dream come true.

For starters, you’ll want to our visit our Floor Plans page. You can find examples of our previously built homes in the photo gallery. Discover our Communities page for information on the assortment of plots of land that we have ready for building. Our F.A.Q. section is coming soon, so for now if you have any additional questions call us at 260-490-1302 ext 224, browse through our new website or find us on Facebook, Instagram or Youtube.

So, if you’re ready to take the jump into home ownership, or if you’re simply looking to have a new house built, contact us today. We’re THE home builder of choice for the Fort Wayne and the surrounding area.